B.B.G. are credited for remixing the Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys single Jack Talking
Bluebottlegreen (or Jason Allen as he's known to his Mother) was invented at the end of the 20th century following the 'fatal malfunctioning' of his previous incarnation, Waxman, which had served as a convenient Earth-based outlet for Jason's musical doodlings. The Waxmn sound had evolved from the guitar-based 1995 album 'Goodbye To All That', to the dark electronic haze of 1998's 'End Of The Bad', replacing hooklines and optimism with a denser, bleaker sound. The public, when it did get to hear the material, was not overly impressed and being Waxman had become a depressing and thankless existence. Following an abortive return to guitar music at the end of 1998, Jason boarded a flight to Carcassonne in France, carrying not much more than an acoustic guitar and a minidisc recorder. He didn't touch the guitar in 3 months. There was an empty seat on the return flight. Waxman never came home.
And so, in the 4th month of 1999, on a beach in Portugal, the concept of Bluebottlegreen came into focus. Armed with 3 minidiscs of found-sounds and samples gathered on his travels, a trusty Atari ST and enough food & supplies to last a couple of months, the studio door at Protostar was locked shut and all guitars banished from the building. The brief was simple; to return to the days when making music was an enjoyable process. In the following 7 weeks, over 30 new-born ideas took shape, often whole tracks being completed in a matter of days. Gone were those lingering 'gotta get the hi-hats sounding right' moments, now replaced by a desire to get as much material mixed down in the shortest time possible without pausing for breath, or to check the footie news on the teletext. This loose approach helped to banish the Waxman studio blues, in turn leading to a fresher and livelier sound. The resulting batch of tunes became the debut album, 'Smoke Signals', while the remaining out-takes and remixes were compiled into the now-deleted sister album 'Bolo Ingles' in 2000.
Where past Waxman output had lacked focus and direction, being Bluebottlegreen offered new-found optimism in the form of a fresh start. 'Smoke Signals', released in September 1999, brought a fresh mix of rhythms, melodies and themes to Jason's work - in essence a reflective and upbeat soundtrack to the trials and tribulations of a musician struggling to be heard, all pasted together in an under-equipped studio in the time it would take Waxman to barely make two songs. The response to the album was very encouraging; from the majority of targeted companies, the media and from music fans alike. Many compared the BBG sound to that of The Orb, Future Sound Of London, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Orbital, Groove Armada, Leftfield and others. Fuelled by the unexpected good reception to the album, Bluebottlegreen went on to produce music for television - reworking ITV's 'West Match' theme tune - and film, supplying the soundtrack to the animated short film 'The Early Worm' by Adrian Shipp. The internet had at last provided the regular outlet for Jason's material that had been missing for so long, in the process harnessing reaction from all quarters. Constructive and critical feedback forms the staple diet of most musicians, this one included. (Pasta also).
The second Bluebottlegreen album, titled 'Knee-Deep In Freedom', was finally released in April 2001 after long delays. Written between February 2000 and February 2001, the 14 tracks marked a subtle change of gear for the Bluebottlegreen sound, exploring more dance-floor friendly territory. The early sessions were riddled with technical problems and false starts, which help to explain the darker sound on parts of the album. Over 40 songs were written for the project, many of the tunes that failed to make the final cut looked back to the earlier 'Smoke Signals' sound, and it was no coincidence